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Help with School

Many children need help with on their way through either a public or private school system.

It’s understandable, because as people, each of us is different.

We don’t all learn the same way, and we have different needs and different strengths and weaknesses. At Alchemy, we work to that principle by meeting students where they are and helping them to succeed in situations where they’re struggling.

Any kid can struggle – it’s based on a variety of very complicated factors. Getting help doesn’t mean throwing in the towel or capitulating or admitting that you have a deficiency. It just means spending more time and money on cultivating the inner beauty and strength that every child has.

That’s part of what led us to build on the Alchemy model of inspiring a generation of students. We want to help families to get the outcomes that will best serve them, through positive reinforcement of a child’s core character and natural ability to learn well.

By the Numbers

One way to look at what Alchemy does is to look at the numbers. We like data-driven processes in today’s world, and we can show our success by talking about statistics like these:

  • 22,555 hours spent with students in 2018
  • 454 tutors currently employed
  • 6573 students supported in the last 14 years

These numbers tell a story of success in terms of reaching into communities, in terms of showing our value and keeping customers and attracting new people to sign up. But we can tell another story by talking about the personalities and strengths of our personal tutors.

On our website, we feature tutor profiles that show the values and support our tutors provide to students. You see words like supportive, encouraging and patient. You see how our tutors come prepared and really dedicate themselves to their jobs. You see the stories of how people came to help out with the idea of empowering today’s youth and improving the educational choices that parents and guardians have.

This shows in the results we provide to our clients. It shows around the family dinner table and in the lives of our students and their families. We get a lot of our business through word of mouth, because when people see our results at work, they feel compelled to share.

It’s all part of our vision for a better world where more students leave school confident, communicative and well focused – regardless of where they’re going after school, what career path they are taking ,or how much they’ve achieved academically. As important as it is to achieve academically, it’s also important to achieve self-confidence and empowerment and to have focus, objectives and results. These are some of the values we hold at Alchemy and how we work with students. See more online about how we have developed our programs to reach each child, in a nurturing, compassionate and practical way.

5 Ways A Tutor Can Improve Your Child’s Life

If you notice that your child is struggling with a certain subject or is not making the grades you expect, it may be time to call a tutor. A tutor can work one on one with your child and find ways to help them learn more easily. Here are five ways a tutor can improve your child’s life.

Better Grades

Most parents choose to hire a tutor because their children need to improve their grades. Tutors can work with children to help them understand subjects in a new way. They become interested in their studies and are more likely to get better grades in class. If your child’s grades are slipping or are not where they should be, a tutor may be able to help.

Better Self Esteem

When kids aren’t performing well in school, they tend to have low self-esteem. They don’t see themselves as smart, and this can affect the way they perform in class and in other subjects. Tutors help show kids that they are capable of getting good grades and understanding the material they are given in class. They become more confident in their abilities and will be more likely to try harder in school and do better as students.

More Free Time

Kids that don’t do well in school or struggle with a certain subject often have to spend more time on their school work than others. They may be missing out on lunchtime, recess, afterschool activities and more. When kids get help from a tutor, they can retain more information. That means they can study less. They also tend to pick up on subjects faster, so they can spend less time on each subject and have more time socializing and having fun with their classmates.

Better Classroom Performance

School isn’t only about tests and grades. Many classrooms require students to participate in the classroom and even answer questions out loud. This can be difficult for students who don’t understand a subject and are not confident in their academic abilities. When students work with a tutor, they learn to answer questions out loud, work out problems in their heads, and understand the material better. They will be more likely to answer questions out loud.

Less Stress

School isn’t easy, and even children that enjoy doing school work can sometimes stress out about it. If your child isn’t doing well in class or wishes that could do better, they may be worrying about their grades. Kids want to be good students, but many just don’t have the tools they need to perform to their full potential. Tutors can help students learn to study better so they can stop stressing out about their school work and focus on other things.

When should you start preparing for the selective school test?

We help hundreds of students prepare for the selective school exam and one of the most common questions we get from parents is ‘When should I start preparing my child for the selective school test?’

There is really no correct answer to this question and it ultimately comes down to you and your child.

To help get a bit more clarity I ask these 3 questions:

1. How badly do you want them to get in to a selective school?

Selective school entry is fiercely competitive and we help students as young as third grade prepare for the exam. For many parents, selective school is the only option – and so they want to begin as early as possible to ensure they secure a place. For others, it isn’t a big deal and they have back up options – so preparation is a lot less important. You need to ask yourself how important it is to you that they get in to a selective high school – and if it is very important you need to start ASAP.

2. What does your budget allow?

A good preparation program with an experienced tutor is really a requirement these days. If you let your child just do it on their own they will be significantly disadvantaged come exam time. Many parents say they want their child to get in on natural ability which is totally admirable, however they will be competing against thousands of other students that work with a tutor a number of times a week for months or even years in advance.

This will naturally cost money, so you need to decide on the investment you are willing to make. Many parents view selective schools as an alternative to private schools – and when you view it like this, budgeting for a tutor for 12 months or more is still a fraction of the price you will pay at private school.

3. How much can your child handle at this time?

The selective school test is designed to discriminate heavily against even the brightest of students. If your child is not in the top 10% of their class, they are going to be running an uphill battle towards selective school entry. I am not at all saying it can’t be done if they are outside the 10%, but it will be a lot of work and they will need to start well in advance.

You also need to consider all the other things your child does during the week; sports, music, playtime and regular school homework. Selective school test preparation will have to eat in to something, so you need to ensure your child has the capacity and ability to handle it.

Naturally the real answer to that question is as soon as possible – because the more preparation they put in, the more likely they are to succeed in the selective school test. It is a very difficult exam, and the students that are the most successful are those that have put in ample preparation and can walk in there with confidence and peace that they know what to do with every question they encounter.

We support students of all ages prepare for the selective school exam. If you are looking for an effective preparation program that has been tested and proven on thousands of students over 10 years please get in touch today to discuss how we can help your child.

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Why you should get a maths tutor for your child

We’re wrapping up another year and with it, another semester. Energy is running low and if your child has been struggling in any subjects, it will be apparent by now. Odds are one of these subjects is mathematics. Even at the end of a year, it isn’t too late to get a math tutor. In fact, it may even be the perfect time to catch up and prepare for the next school year.

Wondering why you should get a math tutor for your child? Here are ten reasons:

It builds a strong mathematics foundation
Math builds on itself. If you don’t have a thorough understanding of the simple topics, you will struggle with the ones that are built up upon them. It’s a great idea to get a math tutor to build a strong mathematics foundation in the first place so that your child won’t struggle as much later on.

It offers individualised help
In a classroom setting, teachers are unable to offer the same individualised help as a tutor can. Every child has a different learning style and learning speed. A tutor will learn your child’s learning style and the pace at which they learn. They will ensure that your child learns according to their needs.

It boosts your child’s self-esteem
It isn’t uncommon for kids to have low levels of confidence because of their lack of understanding in math class. Many say they feel stupid or less smart than their friends. With tutoring, your child will have a better understanding of mathematics. As they see the results of their hard work reveal itself in class, their self-esteem will be improved.

It allows advanced learners to build up their strengths
Tutoring isn’t just for kids who are struggling to keep up. Children who find mathematics a breeze can be challenged by a tutor. They can build up their strengths and even get started on math that is beyond what they are learning at school.

It brings math to the real world
Tutors acknowledge the importance of common core mathematics. They can help kids understand the relevance of math in the real world so that they don’t feel that what they’re learning is a waste.

It eases transitions
Change can be hard. If your child is shifting to a new class with a different maths teacher, they may need some help with the transition. Tutors can help them catch up with what their peers have learned and get started with the math topics in the new class.

It provides a judgment-free space to learn
Kids often hesitate to ask questions in class for fear of judgment from their peers. Private tutoring allows them to ask whatever questions they like without feeling like they are being judged.

It keeps math skills fresh
Long summer breaks are great for relaxing and stepping back from academics a bit. However, it’s easy for math skills to slip away or weaken during that time. Tutoring will keep them fresh and ready for the new school year.

It improves test scores
Maths test marks will naturally improve with the help of tutoring.

It reduces homework stress

Mathematics requires practice. This means homework. Too many kids get incredibly stressed over their math homework, finding it difficult to keep up. A math tutor can help them with their homework and make the process less painful.

Maths tutors are incredibly important people who can do a lot to help your child. Don’t wait until your child is really struggling to take action. Get a head start on preparing for the next semester by partnering with an Alchemy maths tutor today!

7 ways to prepare for the HSC

The HSC is a stressful time for the whole family, and it needs to be approached with the right mindset. Without having a clear idea of how to study for it, a student can become disoriented and overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs to be done. If you fear that this might be the case for your child, this article is perfect for you. Here’s our guide to studying for the HSC exams and how to prepare for it mentally and physically.

1. Start Early
There are a lot of things that need to be reviewed, and the amount of information can quickly be overwhelming. It’s a much better idea to digest a small amount of data for a longer period of time than to rush it all at once. This is why it’s a good idea to start studying early so that you have more time to go through all of it.

2. Make A Study Plan
To effectively study for the HSC, you need a clear direction on what you need to do and what you should be focusing on at that time. This way, you’ll never feel lost and out of control, both of which are leading causes of HSC-anxiety. It will also ensure that you will be able to manage your time much more effectively which will prevent you from wasting your time on less important areas. 

During these study sessions, you’ll need to cut yourself off from distractions which will ensure you take in much more information than if you were to study with a mixed schedule.

3. Organise Your Notes
It’s true that the most effective way to study for an exam is by taking and organising your own notes. The problem is when you have too many of them, it can quickly become too much to handle. To avoid this issue, you need to arrange all of your notes by subjects and dates so that they don’t get mixed up. You’ll find that you have a lot more time to do things when you don’t have to fumble through stacks and stacks of notes just to find the one that you’re looking for.

4. Set Up A Study Space
Having a dedicated space to study for an exam will help you stay focused throughout the entire session. If you do everything in your bedroom, the vibe of being in your own room can make you less motivated to study. You need to find a place where you can focus on your studies throughout the session, as this will help you to take in more information.

5. Pace Yourself
Study breaks are important. You need to pace yourself when studying to avoid burning out and failing to take in information. If you need some extra motivation for your studies, you can set a goal to work towards and reward yourself accordingly. Make sure that you’re not rushing through a study session just to get to the reward at the end of the session. The point of a reward is to give yourself a break in between sessions and to prevent burnouts. Also, make sure you get enough sleep each night, as that will affect your ability to learn.

6. Take Practice Tests
A practice exam will give you an idea about what you should focus on. It’s true that the exam questions change every year, but the format usually doesn’t. You need to familiarise yourself with the format of the HSC exam so that you’re not caught off guard during the test.

7. Set Up Study Sessions With Friends
A study session can help you to stay focused while having some help on the topics that you might not be the best at. You can also use it as a time to refresh your memory about something you might have studied a while back and are starting to forget. Make sure you choose a group of friends who are serious about studying, as you don’t want to be stuck in a study session with someone who constantly disrupts the vibe for studying.

Alchemy Tuition specialises in helping students study for their HSC exam. Get in touch today to see how we can help.